By Daniel Tyokua
The Federal Capital Territory Administration ,FCTA, has given more insight into the progress work on Apo-Karshi road and its completion date.
The AUTHORITY recall that contract for the 13.25 kilometer Apo -Karshi road was awarded in 2011, the N6.4 billion project was a response to the need for an alternative route out of a troubling traffic menace.
To march words with action, the minister of the FCT, malam Muhammad Bello during tour of key projects in Wassa District at the weekend, visited the project again, to access level of the work in progress.
He charged the contractors and FCTA officials to ensure that quality work, for which the FCT is known, is delivered.
The minister in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary ,CPS, Anthony Ogunleye, Bello also met some members of the local population whom he assured of the Administration’s commitment to ensuring their welfare and wellbeing.
Accompanied by senior members of staff of the relevant departments and agencies of the FCTA, the Minister received briefs from the project contractors as well as the site engineers and other relevant personnel.
In his remarks, the Acting Coordinator of the Satellite Towns Development Department (STDD), Engr Felix Nwankwo, said that a greater proportion of the work has been completed and with the release of funds by the FCTA, completion of the entire project is imminent.
According to him, the Apo Karshi road is being constructed in two sections by two contractors. Of the first section which is 13.5 KM in length, 8.5 KM has been asphalted starting from the Wassa community, leading up to a section bounded by a hill.
He said, “The active area we are dealing with now is 1 kilometer, which is the hill portion. We are reducing the hill and then filling the two locations of the valley to raise it up to the required profile. That’s what the contractor is currently doing. It’s a massive work because it requires a lot of earthworks”.
He also revealed that the second section of the road, which is 1.8 kilometers in length is being constructed as a part of the Karshi Waterworks Project, which is equally on-going.